The Hot Docs Festival Lineup Just Got Announced, and it Looks Awesome
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The Hot Docs Festival Lineup Just Got Announced, and it Looks Awesome

A glance at some of the upcoming festival's highlights.

Tig Notaro will at the Hot Docs festival opener to co present TIG

Tig Notaro will be at the Hot Docs festival opener to co-present TIG.

There’s nothing lukewarm about the 2015 Hot Docs festival lineup. Highlights for this year’s iteration of the acclaimed documentary film fest—set to run from April 23 to May 3—were announced today in a packed press conference. As usual, viewers can expect a wide range of heavy-hitters.

The 2015 Hot Docs centrepiece is arguably its opener, the international premiere of TIG, a documentary following the beloved comedian Tig Notaro in the wake of her very public cancer diagnosis in 2012. It was a struggle brought to the fore by the comedian herself after she famously opened a stand-up set with, “Good evening—I have cancer.” The act, from October 2012, went viral.

“Tig Notaro’s story shows us what it means to be a creative person when life gets difficult, and how intertwined identity and humour can be in the face of overwhelming challenges,” said Hot Docs programming director Charlotte Cook in a statement to media today.

Notaro herself will be present at the opening, alongside directors Kristina Goolsby and Ashley York.

TIG is hardly the festival’s only draw. Also hotly anticipated is director Robert Cohen’s Being Canadian. The film will see Calgary-bred Cohen, of The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory fame, return to Canada “on an epic quest to rediscover our national identity.” Mike Myers, Seth Rogen, and Will Arnett are to be featured prominently, because you can’t have Canada without a few lulz.

Why so blue, Wyclef? A screenshot from the trailer for Sweet Micky for President

Why so blue? A screenshot from the trailer for Sweet Micky for President.

Other festival highlights include the Toronto premiere of Danny (directed by Justin Simms and William D. MacGillivray), which follows former Newfoundland and Labrador premier Danny Williams’s compelling romps—and major victories—in office, and the international premiere of Deep Web (directed by Alex Winter), which looks at the case against alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbrecht. There’s also Sweet Micky for President (directed by Ben Patterson), an offbeat portrait of the Haitian presidential election following the 2010 earthquake as ex-Fugees member Pras Michel campaigned for the candidacy of goofball musician Michel Martelly—against his former bandmate Wyclef Jean.

With 102 international premieres to be attended by an anticipated 200,000 visitors, it appears that Hot Docs is continuing its formidable reign as North America’s largest documentary film festival with what can only be described as a bang.